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  • Blog Post: Yammer kills the flipchart and whiteboard

    This post is by Robin Denton, Jamie Burgess and Ian McKenzie. Take a look at this picture of flip charts, taken at the end of an intensive strategic planning and workshop session. It might look like nothing got done that day … … but that just goes to show how deceptive appearances...
  • Blog Post: The big advantages of flexible working - radio interview with Microsoft's Dave Coplin

    The very successful Anywhere Working Week (see #AWweek on Twitter) has come to an end. But it seems that government organisations are still divided about what flexible working brings to their workplace and, most importantly their productivity. Today's Anywhere Working event at the London Transport Museum...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft on G-Cloud Webcast - Friday 8th March

    Microsoft and our public sector partners offer a selection of services and solutions on the G-Cloud framework that can be purchased via the CloudStore. Our webcast - Microsoft on G-Cloud : what we offer, how to buy – on Friday March 8 th , 2-3pm , will provide you with practical information...
  • Blog Post: The Anywhere Working Parliamentary reception – the future looks flexible!

    Visiting the Houses of Parliament is always a pleasure… actually, now I think of it, I’ve never been before… so my first ever visit was very exciting! The reason for attending? A parliamentary reception for the Anywhere Working Campaign. And, if you want to get symbolic about it,...
  • Blog Post: Leading Global Humanitarian Society Selects Cloud, Enhances Capacity and Response

    Some great news which we thought you might be interested in from our worldwide colleagues... The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has selected Microsoft Office 365 to be the standard communications and collaboration platform for its National Societies worldwide...
  • Blog Post: Africa reaps the reward of new innovative high-speed broadband

    Every now and then a story comes along which warms your heart (and lets face it, it's cold out there at the moment) - and the 4Afrika initiative by Microsoft is one of them. It's something we simply had to share with our Government audience. Besides, it's a great example of how tech innovation can help...
  • Blog Post: All change – Steve Ballmer discusses innovation, Microsoft and enterprise IT

    Tim Cozze-Young was at the Microsoft Executive Briefing in London to hear what our CEO, Steve Ballmer, had to say about the future of IT and how Microsoft is evolving to meet the needs of enterprise customers. In 2020, three-quarters of the Fortune 500 will be companies we haven’t heard of yet...
  • Blog Post: Inspire your IT pros at our new, free creative space!

    During this current period of huge change and added financial pressures, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Government organisations are in a growth lock down. But, as many of us know, this adversity has seemed to fuel a fresh wave of IT innovation - fuelled by elements such as the cloud and social...
  • Blog Post: Did you know Microsoft has open government initiatives worldwide?

    Open government initiatives are currently going on all over the world. As I look around to see all the data that is publicly available, it amazes me of how far our governments have come along to promote transparency, connect and engage with citizens, and to realise the full potential of mobile, social...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications: Demise of the Desktop Phone

    The acceleration in the use of unified communications in the enterprise hits home when I look round the office here at Microsoft in Reading. There is not a desktop phone in sight. Most people now communicate using Microsoft Lync from their PC for the majority of their telephone, online conferencing,...
  • Blog Post: Dear Government: Do you have an app for that?

    If you’re like me, the thought of being away from your smartphone, even for a day, creates a sense of anxiety. These days, I’m checking email, paying bills, managing schedules, and navigating on road trips — all from my smart phone. It’s become indispensable. As smartphones become...
  • Blog Post: Free online meeting and demo of Office 365 for UK charities

    If you work in one of the many marvellous charities spread throughout the UK, you might be looking into ways of communicating effectively. Great communication to the public is something so essential for charities but how is your communication within your organisation? Is there room for improvement...
  • Blog Post: Highlights from #bluelightcamp

    This weekend in Manchester, the Blue Light Camp unconference took place and was reported to have been very a unique and refreshing day. The emergency services event was the brain child of Sasha Taylor , Paul Coxon and David White and provided a fantastic networking opportunity for those interested in...
  • Blog Post: Latest agenda for the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum, London (24th-25th April)

    It's less than a month to go now until the huge Worldwide Government Solutions Forum in London (24th-25th April). We thought we'd share the latest agenda with you - it's packed full fantastic speakers and chances to do some great networking. Just see for yourself below... More soon - don't forget, you...
  • Blog Post: Why attend the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum in April?

    Worldwide Government Solutions Forum, 24 th -25 th April 2012, Cardinal Place (Microsoft), London. It’s just under two months until the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum (GSF) rolls in to London. It’s theme this year is ‘efficiency and opportunity: how cloud and technology innovations...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing - Why Cloud?

    Over the coming weeks, we have invited our colleague and cloud expert Nick Umney from Microsoft's UK National Technology Office, to post a series of blogs on all things cloud. These weekly blog posts will also touch upon the following topics as the series continues: delivering IT as a service ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft appointed to Government’s ‘G-Cloud’ Framework

    Microsoft has today been appointed to the Government Procurement Services’ ‘G-Cloud’ Framework following the completion of the formal bid process. The business has been successfully appointed on all four Lots: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS as well as cloud consulting services. In addition, a number...
  • Blog Post: Don’t miss the 6th Government Solutions Forum

    During the coming weeks, we will be devoting some space on our UK Gov Blog to information about the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum (GSF), taking place at Microsoft in London this April. Today, our colleague Per Bendix Olsen - Worldwide Public Sector EMEA Partner Lead, introduces this year's GSF...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure’s contribution to UK government Open Data

    The forecast for Open Data content is looking extremely bright following a decision by the government to release Met Office UK weather information to the public. We at Microsoft are supporting the initiative with our Windows Azure platform via Marketplace. This effectively unlocks daily and hourly...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Safer Internet Day 2012 - Tues 7th Feb!

    Happy Safe Internet Day! It's a subject we take very seriously and it forms a central element to our business best practises. As well as it being a core responsibility for our company, many of us are parents and care deeply about online safety for our children. The tools Microsoft produce provide excellent...
  • Blog Post: Day two at ukgovcamp 2012

    We’ve been attending UK GovCamp , an ‘unconference’ that aims to bring together public sector professionals to discuss best practice use of technology. The event lasts 2 days, read our day one wrap-up post to see what happened yesterday. As with yesterday and in the true ‘unconferencing’...
  • Blog Post: What’s next for wireless broadband?

    Recently, at the ITU Telecom World 2011 in Geneva, Microsoft, along with several partners including Neul , the University of Strathclyde , Steepest Ascent , and Inveneo , demonstrated innovative new wireless technology. Described as “Super Wi-Fi” by some, it shows how unused TV and other...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency – West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue sees 35% productivity gain with unified communications

    Work is an activity, not a location. This is the vision that West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service applied to consolidate multiple communications platforms and provide employees with a Microsoft Lync 2010 solution which contributes directly to a reduction in mobile phone and travel costs and helps make...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – Microsoft in Public Sector Live Meetings (Webinars)

    We are running a series of ‘Microsoft in Public Sector’ Live Meetings (webinars) that will relate the application of Microsoft technology to key ICT drivers in the public sector – saving money, innovating with ICT-enabled public services and enabling more effective and secure collaboration...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – The Hybrid Organisation in Practice (FREE Whitepaper)

    In 2010, Microsoft launched the concept of the Hybrid Organisation . Working with experts from the fields of social change, workplace design, economics, technology and public sector development, Microsoft identified several characteristics of businesses and organisations that are best placed to thrive...
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